Around the Circuit

It’s time to visit the week that was via our Around the Circuit piece, where we look back at articles that we feel are worth your time covering the Oscar race, new releases, or really just anything film related.

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It seems the major topic of the week was the once-a-decade critics’ poll from Sight and Sound, with many around the web reacting to the fact that Citizen Kane is no longer their choice for best film ever (for the first time in 60 years). Owen Gleiberman at Entertainment Weekly proclaims his love for Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, but is not afraid to admit that it is an absurd choice for Sight and Sound’s “new” best film of all time. He goes on to protest the inclusion of David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (at #28), when Lynch’s masterpiece, Blue Velvet, is totally absent from the list. This makes total sense, right? I’m in his camp on all accounts.

Meanwhile, Sasha Stone of Awards Daily consoles Citizen Kane fans on their film recently losing the Sight and Sound poll’s ranking of being the greatest film of all time, citing the large increase in critics participating in the poll as a big reason why Kane was dethroned for the first time in 60 years. She then dives deeper, examining the meaning of this once-a-decade ranking procedure. Later in the week she gave us her most recent assessment on the Best Picture race, hoping for a surprise that no one sees coming.

On the heels of the male director dominated Sight and Sound list, Melissa Silverstein, from Indie Wire, asked what the greatest female helmed films of all time were, coming up with nearly 50 titles to choose from. What would your top 10 look like? I know I’d have Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, and Mary Harron’s American Psycho at the top of my list. How about you?

As the discussion over this year’s Oscar host begins, In Contention’s Guy Lodge admits to being less familiar with Jimmy Fallon than most, but realizes the strategy to bring in a more “young, hip audience.” He also ponders the necessity of a host to begin with, suggesting Oscar follows in the steps of what the Olympics did via Danny Boyle’s inspiring opening ceremony. Later in the week, Fallon shot down the idea, declaring it “not his year” to host the festivities.

Pete Hammond at Deadline believes the race for the Best Animated Feature Film has already begun, with Disney/Pixar throwing a three-night concert event, led by conductor Thomas Wilkins, at the Hollywood Bowl. Featuring several scores from past Pixar Oscar winners and nominees, the show apparently leads up to a major moment featuring Brave, Disney/Pixar’s Oscar hopeful this year. Meanwhile, Focus Features isn’t ready to lay down to the animated behemoth, and is doing what they can to promote their contender, Paranorman, which had its world premiere this past Sunday at Universal studios. The viewing was very well received, according toHammond, and could push Brave for the Oscar.